Originally Posted by Mr Havercamp
Forest River could bolt an old run down dog box to thier chassis and Mercedes Benz would ask how many more can we ship you next month.
Just because its a class C means nothing. The poor quality and fit and finish are not selective. Its the entire industry.
Actually it tells you a whole lot about the quality of the work force and the pride they put into their jobs. My step-son lives in Indiana, unfortunately I cannot repeat what he says about the quality of the workforce there. If I did, I would get banned from this site. Quality help costs more and when a CEO is more interested in profit margin than satisfied customers, the quality disappears.
Ask most of the people here who are having issues if they will ever purchase from Forest River again and the odds on answer will be a resounding "no".
I know we won't
I acquired a 1998 Forest River Wildwood Fifth Wheel trailer from my father a few years back, I actually used it as a trade-in for the Sunseeker.
17 years old and the Dometic water heater, refrigerator, and Air conditioner still worked fine. The Suburban furnace still started and ran each and every time the thermostat called for heat. The inverter still worked as expected. Slide-out mechanism, hydraulic pump, and cylinder never missed a beat. The fit and finish on that 17 year old RV was still better than what we get today.
The very same companies still providing the same equipment yet we need extended warranties, why. pride in workmanship, profit margins, appeasing stock holders, and the cheapest price.
Who's fault is that, the average American's. People do not care for they are not in it for the long haul, most will sell within 5 years.
I spent 37 years in the construction industry, I still carry my electircal license. The workers today don't care, they don't take pride in their work. but I can't blame them one bit. Their bosses expect them to work for peanuts.
There is s saying in the housing industry, The carpenters start by measuring with a micrometer and then cutting with a chainsaw. Once they are done with the rough construction with walls out of plumb and rooms out of square, they just say who cares, the dry-wall man will cover it. The drywall man who leaves gaping holes says, who cares, the taper will cover them. When the taper is asked about the gouges he left behind, he says, who cares, the painter will repair them. when the painter is asked about the shoddy paint job, he says, who cares, the interior decorator will hide them.
Finally ask any real estate agent how they can get away with selling such poor workmanship, they will tell you, The purchaser never looks for quality, they just look at the price, because they only plan on having the place until their balloon payment comes due in five years.
The reason for the poor quality and low wages, We are all cheap and have forgotten about paying it forward